Prue Leith, CBE, DL
Prue was born in Cape Town . She was educated at Haywards Heath, Sussex; St. Mary’s, Johannesburg; Cape Town University; Sorbonne, Paris; Cordon Bleu, London.
She has published a number of books, including Leaving Patrick , Sisters , A Lovesome Thing, The Gardener, Choral Society, A Serving of Scandal, Memoir – Relish: My Life on a Plate, The Food of Love, Book 1, Laura’s Story, and 12 Cook books including Leith’s Cookery Bible with Caroline Waldegrave.
She has appeared on a number of television series including Best of British (BBC2), Take 6 Cooks (Channel 4), Tricks of the Trade (BBC1) and Great British Menu (BBC2).
She has received a number of awards and honours, including being made a Commander of the British Empire in 2010 (following the award of the Order of the British Empire in 1989)and the Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 1998.
She was the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year in 1990.
She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from a number of institutions including Warwick University, Thames Valley University, City University, Greenwich University, The University of Manchester, Oxford Brookes, University of North London, The Open University, Queen Margaret College Edinburgh and Salford University.
On becoming Patron of the Institute, Prue said:
It amazes me that so many people are surprised to learn that what we eat affects the brain. For goodness sake, we know it affects the body, and isn’t the brain part of the body? But at last we are beginning to be able to prove the effect on the brain, and therefore on our behaviour, of different foods. The institute aims to get the world, especially politicians, doctors and teachers, to take note, and do something about it.